• Released
  • January 6, 2012
  • R , 1 hr 38 min
  • Art House/Foreign
    Suspense/Thriller
40

Austin Chronicle

By Marc Savlov
Beneath the Darkness has nada on Don Coscarelli's epic "Phantasm" saga or, for that matter, Norman Bates' clear-eyed if psychotic shenanigans. It's strictly a guilty pleasure.
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30

Los Angeles Times

Yet that deeply strange and agitated performance by Quaid is the only thing that makes the film remotely bearable.
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30

The Hollywood Reporter

A teens-in-trouble thriller with barely enough momentum to make it to the end credits. Performances and script are made-for-cable grade.
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30

Variety

A malformed, would-be horror shocker with a deliriously deranged performance by Dennis Quaid, who unfortunately seems to be the only one onboard who thinks he's in a comedy.
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30

The New York Times

By Neil Genzlinger
Someone involved with Beneath the Darkness has either watched too many horror movies or not enough. There is not an original thought in this story, written by Bruce Wilkinson, or in the way it is directed by Martin Guigui.
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25

Slant Magazine

By Andrew Schenker
Overly expository dialogue abounds throughout Martin Guigui's movie, as do questionable filmmaking choices and plenty of stupidly unconvincing actions taken on the part of the film's characters.
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25

New York Observer

By Rex Reed
You anticipate every scene before it happens and figure out every secret before it's revealed.
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25

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
It's sad to see Quaid in sloppily directed (by Martin Guigui) dreck like Beneath the Darkness less than a decade after the performance of his career as a closeted married man in "Far From Heaven.''
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20

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
A dumb thriller starring Dennis Quaid as a weirdo mortician taunted by high school kids into revealing what he did with his wife and her lover years before - and look at the movies it rips off...
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20

Village Voice

Unfortunately for Quaid, director Martin Guigui's pathetic thriller doesn't even have the pulse-pounding excitement of a second-tier Scooby-Doo mystery.
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22 out of 100
Generally unfavorable reviews
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